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Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab

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The Food Systems Planning and Healthy Community Lab is dedicated to studying the role of planning and policy in facilitating sustainable food systems and healthy communities. 

Food is integral to human sustenance and to quality of life. Yet the food system which delivers food from farm to table is often overlooked in urban and regional planning decisions. The Food Systems Planning and Healthy Community Lab at the University at Buffalo,Tthe State University of New York, is dedicated to research that critically examines the role of planning and policy in facilitating sustainable food systems and healthy communities. Under the leadership of Dr. Samina Raja, Associate Professor, the ‘Food Lab’ team conducts research, builds capacity of planners through education and training, and engages in community-based efforts to build sustainable food systems and healthy communities.